Author Archives: Steve Baker

How I would like to leave the EU and my contributions to finding a solution


People have asked me what I would like to happen or what I would be prepared to vote for.  As a minister, I was prevented from including in my speeches the offer made by the EU in March 2018, which you can find here:  http://bit.ly/EUofferMar. I would like the UK to exit the EU into a relationship of the character of that offer, for the whole UK. The EU’s offer included security co-operation, participation in various programmes and institutions, dealing with […]

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Should We Have a Second Referendum?


In 2016, the British people were asked whether they wanted to remain in the EU or leave the EU and 33.5 million people freely voted for their preferred option.  Before the referendum was held, I said I would honour the result: I believe for democracy to flourish we must give people confidence their vote will mean something through being implemented. Many people who voted in 2016 did so for the first time in their lives. There would be disastrous political […]

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Why it is to the UK’s advantage to leave the EU


Looking at the state of politics around Europe, I remain convinced it is to the UK’s advantage to leave the EU. The prospects for our nation are good. For all the high ideals towards which the EU seeks to strive, it is in an existential crisis, as Jean Claude Juncker said in his 2016 State of the Union Address. As events have developed in the three years since that speech, we have seen distressing scenes in France where weeks of […]

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The Referendum Result in the Wycombe Constituency


The EU Referendum was a national vote, counted on council areas and not by constituencies. This means we have the result for Wycombe District but not Wycombe constituency.  Wycombe constituency contains about three fifths of the voters in the District as a whole, with the remainder coming from the Aylesbury, Beaconsfield and Buckingham parliamentary constituencies. The respective boundaries are indicated in the Ordnance Survey Election Map below. The pink lines are district boundaries and the black constituencies.  Voting papers from […]

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We must stand firm and reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal or we will live to regret it


The following article first appeared in the Telegraph on 20 March 2019. It may be accessed here: bit.ly/WAStandFirm. The one advantage of the Cabinet’s Withdrawal Agreement is that it would allow us to claim Brexit on March 29. Of course, some colleagues are attracted to it – but the British people have already spotted a dud deal. According to ComRes polling yesterday, 54 per cent say it does not deliver. Just 14 per cent approve. If we put this agreement through and Theresa May […]

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Who governs and by what authority?


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This article was originally published with minor edits by the Sunday Telegraph under the headline, “Theresa May’s deal was a Brexit betrayal – but our country and our institutions can arise renewed“. It can be accessed at the Telegraph via bit.ly/WhoGoverns.  Since then, the Prime Minister has sought to work with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. Here is the unedited version. On Thursday evening, I decided to support the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal. By the grace of God, I changed my mind […]

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Conservative achievements in 2018


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In 2018, Conservatives in government cut taxes, invested in our public services and continued to back working people. We have done this by: 1. Setting out how we will provide an extra £20.5 billion for the NHS by 2023-24 as part of our long- term plan for the NHS. We are providing £394 million extra a week for the NHS as part of a historic five-year budget settlement. This is an average real terms increase of 3.4 per cent a […]

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My position on the Prime Minister’s EU exit deal


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Thank you to everyone who has written to me about the Prime Minister’s proposed Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the future relationship of the UK with the EU. I have received a wide range of correspondence, covering the full spectrum of opinion from remaining in the EU after all, whether with or without a further referendum, through accepting the Prime Minister’s deal to leaving without a Withdrawal Agreement and trading on WTO terms.  I remain convinced that only two […]

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Speech on the launch of the 2018 Poppy Appeal


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This Poppy Appeal, The Royal British Legion is leading the Nation in saying ‘Thank You’ to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world. In both terms of scale and its drawing upon modern industrialised resources, the First World War was like no other that had gone before it. Its impact upon states, societies, institutions and individuals meant no man, woman or child was left unaffected. It was a war that would shape the course of […]

Video – Brexit Update: here’s what’s going on with Brexit


PRESS RELEASE 20181008 FROM STEVE BAKER MP – NO EMBARGO Former Brexit minister and ERG Deputy Chairman Steve Baker MP (Wycombe, Con) today released a series of five short videos summarising where we are in the Brexit negotiations. These are intended to inform the public. Steve remembers Maastricht at the age of 21 as a terrible row which hardly anyone seemed to understand. These videos are intended to avoid that problem today. He says, British politics is starting to resemble […]

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